WATER IS SUFFICIENT…. THE SPIRIT MOVES OVER WATER - LEAD
At this point, I can’t say that we are hunkering down any more. Yesterday Dan and I stepped out to go to my first initial visit to my functional medicine doctor. I had this appointment way before the corona virus took place, so I didn’t want to wait much longer.
Moving back to the states caused a delay in seeing doctors of our choice, for they are so much in demand. Going to be stepping out again for routine lab work this week.
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“Thursday is end day in weekend. Today you are so tired, will think about how your week was, and how will go on Thursday. With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself, or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything.” – Wayne Dyer
Today this piece is on lead and how it effects our water. Water is vital for all forms of life. Although it provides no calories or organic nutrients, water plays an important role in our world. It is the center piece of all life.
Lead, can accumulate in the body and damage the central nervous system. Lead pipes, brass plumbing fixtures and copper pipes soldered with lead can release lead particles into tap water.
It’s been four decades since lead was officially banned from being used in household items (for example, paint) and later in plumbing materials. Yet today,
lead remains one of the most pressing “hidden” threats against homes and families across the nation. Preventing lead poisoning is just as important now than ever. After all, they say ‘history repeats itself’ for a reason.
So, when life throws obstacles in your way, be like water and either cut through them or form a new path that will lead you to your goals and dreams.
Take this, for example: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least four million households have children that are being exposed to high levels of lead. Half a million children, ages one to five, suffer from lead poisoning in the United States. Common-known sources of lead include paint chips, paint dust, soil, and one historically down-played culprit – drinking water. How bad is it? It’s estimated that 63 million Americans have been exposed to lead in their tap water over the last decade alone.
More concerning, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), children drink 2.5 times more water than adults in proportion to their body weight, making them more susceptible to lead poisoning than adults. In fact, the EPA reports that 40 to 60 percent of lead exposure in babies comes from tap water as it’s often used in infant formula.
There are many ways that your water maybe polluted with lead. While the federal limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of 15 parts per billion (ppb) was created to act as a trigger for water utility compliance, it was not meant as a health-based standard. The EPA has since set the maximum contaminant level goal for lead in drinking water at zero. Lead is a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple body systems, leading experts – including the World Health Organization – to widely agree that there is no safe limit of exposure for children or adults
It’s fairly well known, and confirmed by the CDC, that all houses built before 1978 are likely to contain some lead-based paint. However, according to the EPA, you also should assume that any building less than five years old has led-contaminated water.
Not just can lead be found in your homes, it could be contaminated in public schools, daycare's, churches and water fountains across the nation. Some have been tested positive for lead-contaminated drinking water, some at exceedingly high levels.
“Water is sufficient…the spirit moves over water.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
Did you know that there are about 75 million homes across the country built before 1980, meaning they’re most likely to contain some lead plumbing? That’s more than half of the country’s housing units, according to the Census Bureau.
Wells are also affected by pollution of lead. Private wells are the main source of drinking water for 15 percent of U.S. households (or 47.8 million people), yet only a few states require they be tested for lead. The people in these homes drink, bathe and cook with water potentially containing dangerous amounts of lead.
Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over months or years. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems. Children younger than 6 years are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal.
Signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children include:
Loss of appetite
Sluggishness and fatigue
Eating things, such as paint chips, that aren't food
Babies exposed to lead before birth might:
Be born prematurely
Have lower birth weight
Have slowed growth
Although children are primarily at risk, lead poisoning is also dangerous for adults. Signs and symptoms in adults might include:
High blood pressure
Joint and muscle pain
Difficulties with memory or concentration
Reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm
Miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth in pregnant women
We can do something to protect ourselves and our families!!! Next week, I will go over different ways to change the polluted water that you may be drinking or even bathing in.
Until then, tomorrow’s topic is on arsenic in our water supply, which causes liver damage, skin cancer and vascular diseases. More and more as I’ve researched our water systems, it became scarier of what we the public do not know.
Winding down for the weekend reminder that, life is like the ocean, it goes up and down.